The City of San Leandro will honor Earth Day 2013 by hosting or partnering on a number of springtime events.
Residents can commemorate the occasion by learning about the city’s recycling programs, attending the Watershed Festival, visiting local Bay Friendly Gardens, receiving locally made compost, participating in the annual citywide garage sale, or joining Bike to Work Day.
All of these events showcase San Leandro’s efforts to protect the environment and serve the community.
“We all share the responsibility of safeguarding our environment,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. “We invite the community to participate in and celebrate Earth Day.”
The following events are open to all:
San Leandro Creek Watershed Festival – Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cary Drive Property, Behind the field at Bancroft Middle School. The festival is a celebration of the San Leandro Creek Watershed and the many community efforts to preserve and protect the environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. This year the festival will feature a free community recycling event. Bring broken or unwanted CDs, DVDs, jewel cases, floppy disks, audio and video tapes, cell phones, household batteries (no car batteries), empty ink toner cartridges, and mercury thermometers to recycle. Call (510) 577-6069 or visit www.fslc.org for more information.
Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex Earth Day Event – April 20, 10 a.m. – 2: p.m., 2615 Davis St. Waste Management of Alameda County will open its doors to the public at the Davis Street Transfer Station for a special fun-filled day. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities, tour the facility, pickup free bags of compost, and drop off e-waste. Members of the community are also welcome to come and explore their new Reuse Center for Local Charity and drop-off clothing, shoes, belts, purses, books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs. To learn more about the event, contact Rebecca Jewell at (510) 563-4214 or visit www.davisstreet.wm.com.
Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour, Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This self-guided tour celebrates the diverse styles of Bay-Friendly Landscaping. Public and private gardens will be featured throughout Alameda County. Come discover ideas for creating your perfect haven. Call (510) 859-8026 or go to www.bayfriendlycoalition.org for more information.
Compost Giveaway – Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. San Leandro celebrates the success of the Food Scrap Recycling Program by offering free compost to participating residents. Compost is only available during this two-day event. Customers may obtain a maximum of two bags per household. Residents must present coupon provided with their refuse statement. Please call (510) 577-6026 for more information.
Bike to Work/School Day – Thursday, May 9. In collaboration with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC), the city will be participating in the Bay Area’s Annual Bike to Work Day, with an Energizer Station at the entrance to the San Leandro BART Station. This year, Bike to School Day will coincide with Bike to Work Day in San Leandro.
In preparation for the event, EBBC is offering free adult, youth, and family bicycle safety classes. Visit the EBBC website at www.ebbc.org/btwd to find information on joining or starting a team in the Team Bike Challenge, register for free bike safety classes and a chance to win raffle prizes and great giveaways.
Citywide Garage Sale & Neighborhood Cleanup Day – Saturday, June 1. Host a garage sale at your house in the morning and later, drop-off electronics, appliances, household batteries, among other things for recycling. To register or for more information, go to www.recyclesanleandro.org or call (510) 577-6026.
For more information about the city’s waste diversion programs call (510) 577-6026 or visit the city’s Solid Waste and Recycling website at: www.recyclesanleandro.org.